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What Would Make A Good Selection Of Fixed Lenses  
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30408 posts, RR: 57
Posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3120 times:

Hi guys.

Been purusing some of the used photo places looking for lenses for my screwmount Pentax and Zenit.

Anyway, started wondering what a good selection of fixed lenses would be.

Just added a 135mm to my allready existant 300, 55,50 and 28 lenses.

Any other ideas about what holes should be next to be filled. an 85 or 105 perhaps?

But lets make the topic a bit bigger then that.

If you where going to build up an assortment of fixed lenses what would be you top three or five picks as far as focal length goes.

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User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 813 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 3095 times:

In answer to your first question, I'd go for the 85mm ... it has a very pleasing look, and because you can usually get pretty fast glass, you can get some lovely restricted DOF effects.

OK 5 lenses (I'm not even going to attempt just 3!)

14mm (but NOT fisheye)
35mm (nice candid/walkaround lens)
500mm (or the longest I can handhold!)



Colin K. Work, Pixstel
User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2825 posts, RR: 47
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 3074 times:

If we are talking canon primes then it would be...

Canon 14mmL
Canon 20/24/28... not sure which
Canon 50mm F1.4
Canon 85mmF1.2L
Canon 135mmF2L
Canon 200F1.8L
Canon 300F2.8LIS
And either a canon 400mmF4DO/500mmF4LIS/400mmF2.8LIS

But in the real world i'll proberbly stick with my 15F2.8Fish/17-40F4L/50F1.4/70-200F4 soon to be replaced by the F2.8IS and my 100-400LIS.

I think out of all there lenses the 135F2L and the 300F2.8L have the best bokeh of the lot, it's just so creamy and wow!!! The 85F1.2L aint bad either!!!


5D2/7D/1D2(soon to be a 1Dx) 17-40L/24-105L/70-200F2.8L/100-400L/24F1.4LII/50F1.2L/85F1.2LII
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30408 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3022 times:

Yeah, 85 or 105 seem to be the two lenses that I would be most interesting in getting next.

I also need to find a 50mm that has better glass in it, mine has had a rough life with a previous owner.

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